Merkel's party urges to start lifting anti-Russia sanctions

Merkel's party urges to start lifting anti-Russia sanctions

Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in Thuringia Mike Mohring supports a gradual lifting of anti-Russia sanctions and proposes to start the procedure prior to the 2021 Bundestag elections.

Mohring pointed out that responsive measures introduced by Moscow against Europe have hit the German agricultural sector. He added that German society wanted a dialogue with Russia.

"We have been calling for the phasing out of sanctions since 2017. East German society expects dialogue with Russia. Who does not talk to each other, gets stuck in a sanctions mode. There should be first steps in this legislative period," Mohring told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) outlet.

According to him, the process of lifting sanctions can be bound to the resolution of the situation in Western Ukraine.

"If you see that there is a reasonable solution, the sanctions can be eased, step by step," Spurnik cited Mohring as saying.